Australian Public School Information – Page 126 – All you need to know about Australian Public School, including catchment/zone/boundary information.

Chullora, Banksia Road, Bankstown, Bankstown North and Greenacre Public School Catchment Map Added

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Back to the main business of adding more public school catchment maps, I have to say this is actually soothing in a way and makes for some enjoyable activities after work. It is getting harder to plot the school catchment maps further west I move, this set of update contain fair bit of my guesstimate as well.

  • Chullora Public School
  • Banksia Road Public School
  • Bankstown Public School
  • Bankstown North Public School
  • Greenacre Public School

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

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Some Sydney Schools Becoming Ghettos

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I read this article Sydney Schools Becoming Anglo Ghettos on SMH a few weeks back. This is a very interesting article and deserve some in depth discussion. I think the more correct term would be the some schools are becoming ghettos, not just Anglo. First the word ghettos may often used in denigrating fashion, most commonly refer to area that is mostly reside by population that are under privilege or minority groups. However modern day usage can mean concentrate of certain groups of people in a particular area. Since people with Anglo background is the majority group in Sydney, so use of the term “Anglo Ghettos” is more for the shock value and attracting attentions. To be honest the title of the article did its intended job very well, it generated plenty of controversy and interest.

It is no argument that public school has higher percentage of students with none English speaking background than their private counter part. Most of examples are from lower north shore area. In general the pattern is that public schools have higher percentage of students from none English speaking background compare to their private school counterpart where the government selective schools contain even higher percentage of students from none English speaking background.

The important part the particular article does not go into is why this is the case in Sydney, only point mentioned is that parents with Anglo background maybe actively shunning the public schools.  So exactly what has driven and formed these “Ghettos” in public and private schools? In my personal opinion there are multiple of reasons that contributed to this particular phenomenon.

Anglo Families are Shunning the Public Schools

This is definitely is the case by looking at the statistics and from personal experience. I know from first hand information, some Anglo families are giving up the government selective school position because they think the school in question had too many Asians. This is probably one of the biggest reason other than Asian families tend to favour government selective schools with higher academic performance.

Families with none English Speaking Background Shunning the Private Schools with Religious Background Particularly Catholic

This is my theory, Asians I know tend to be agnostic or lower level of religious association so some of them may have avoided the private schools with religious affiliations. I do know Asian families avoided catholic schools for this particular reason. I may make a research project out of this in the future to collect more stats and do a better analysis on this sub topic.

Difference in Social Economic Background

Again this is my theory only, despite the news report that Asians are buying up everything in Australia. Majority of immigrants families here just did not have the same amount of time accumulate wealth over multiple generations. It is not really affordable for middle income families to send more than one children to one of the top private schools on full fee. Even one child at top private school with full fee will stretch a middle class family’s budget badly.

Most selective schools students tend to be solidly middle ground however it is rare to have students with “super rich” parents. And this I think in a large degree explains why public school in general have higher level of students from none English speaking background.

Tradition

For families that resided in Sydney for a long time, you often had grand parents, parents, sisters and brothers all went the same set of private schools. It is natural for the particular families to wish their children to go to the same schools. Families with none English speaking background tend to be new comers and just have less affiliation with a particular school. This phenomenon is very common in private schools from the people I talk to, but much less than with public schools.

Asians Favours Academic Performance

It is probably not a secret that many first generation Asian families favours academic performance over most other factors when picking schools. Government selective schools are focus of this which is why you have a much higher concentration of students with Asian background. For Asians families that are second generation I do not found too much of a difference in their motive compare to Anglo families in whether sending their children to private or public schools.

A lot of top private schools offer scholarship for students based on academic performance, it would be really interesting to see the composition of those students and how many of them are from none English speaking background.

 

Overall there are a wealth of information from myschool.edu.au and a lot of can be learned from data gathered. I wanted to do a follow up article on this topic to go over some of the stats around it.

East Hills,Panania, Panania North, Picnic Point and Tower Street Public School Catchment Maps Added

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Had a minor accident and wasn’t able to do the update yesterday. Luckily came out that without too much issues. Still chipping away the middle part of Sydney, here is another five more school mapped. The dividing line between Easter Hills and Panania Public school catchment is super shaky, I had to make an educated guess. I highly recommend you do your confirmation to make sure the catchment inclusion.

  • East Hills Public School
  • Panania Public School
  • Panania North Public School
  • Picnic Point Public School
  • Tower Street Public School

As usual contact the school in question or department of education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Padstow Heights, Padstow Park, Padstow South, Reversby and Reversby South Public School Catchment Map Added

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Going randomly off the map a little bit now and swinging back to the Southern Sydney again. Five more public school catchment added again, there is still that gaping hole in the middle of the Sydney, but I am chipping away at it. Hopefully will make a significant difference soon and fill out most of it in the near future.

  • Padstow Heights Public School
  • Padstow Park Public School
  • Padstow South Public School
  • Reversby Public School
  • Reversby South Public School

As usual contact the school in question or department of education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

 

North Ryde Public School

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North Ryde Public School was originally called City View Public School and established in 1876. The school changed its name to the current North Ryde Public School in 1877. The original building in Coxs Road was a brick and sandstone building which now houses the NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education. It is one of the oldest school buildings in New South Wales(#1). There is a good chance that if your children is studying in one of the public school in Sydney, that they will end up visiting the museum one day.

North Ryde Public School is located on the Coxs road near the intersection with the Lane Cove Rd. In 2014 there are 282 students enrolled in the school and this is increase of 16% over the 238 students enrolled in 2008. This is probably higher increase than average school would see in the same time period, but certainly not the most extreme as well. In 2014, 50 percent of the students in the school are from none English language background. This number had not changed much since 2008, which actually is a little surprising. I am expecting this number to rise over the next few years, there are a lot of Asian buying into the suburb in the last few years.

North Ryde Public School has been doing very well recently academically and rising steadily in rank in general.

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North Ryde Public School Catchment is bounded by the Shrimpton creek to the west and Lane Cove river to the north, Wicks road to the east and Quarry Road to the south. The catchment is mostly single dwellings, also a mix of medium density dwellings as well.

North Ryde Public School Catchment

North Ryde Public School is located not near any train stations despite the same name train station on the Chatswood-Epping line. For out of area students, bus and car are the only real option, unless you are ready to do fair bit of walking.

I was a bit surprised when visiting that there are no real new buildings for the school, most of public schools I visited got new building or builds constructed during 2008 GFC stimulus period, North Ryde public school is one exception by the look of it. The school got real good playgrounds and open area for the number of students enrolled.

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Following are a few shots of the buildings in the North Ryde Public School, most of buildings are of similar type and look. There are plenty of space in the school in comparison to most I have visited and with the increase population and demand, I would not be surprised with a future expansion and new permanent and temp buildings to be put in.

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As usual contact the school in question or department of education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

 

  1. http://www.schoolhousemuseum.org.au/

Auburn, Auburn North, Auburn West, Berala, Homebush West, Lidcombe and Rosehill Public School Catchment Map Added

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Western Sydney today again and seven more public school catchment added. Some of this set is very shaky, particular the Homebush West Public School’s catchment, the catchment is way too small for the number of student enlisted for 2014. I suspect the parts of neighbouring catchments all got parts belong to it as well.

  • Auburn Public School
  • Auburn North Public School
  • Auburn West Public School
  • Berala Public School
  • Homebush West Public School
  • Lidcombe Public School
  • Rosehill Public School

As usual contact the school in question or department of education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Lindfield Public School

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Lindfield Public School is one of the older more established school in the north shore area. The school is located on the corner of Pacific High Way and Grosvenor I have done some research and only after some innovative searches, I was managed to confirm the school was established in 1903.

In 2014 there are 725 students enrolled in the school which is an increase of 10 percent over the 660 students enrolled in 2008. It has not seen the significant increase of the enrolment like many other public schools in the north shore area. The main reason is likely that Lindfield Public School is pretty much at max capacity and you simply cannot squeeze much more students into the school. The new public school in west Lindfield will come into play in a few years which should relief the pressure it is currently under. Once the new public school opens then the catchment for Lindfield Public School will change significantly and likely will have flow on for other near by public schools like Roseville and Chatswood etc.

In 2014 students with language background other than English sits at 35 percent. Lindfield Public School also performs very well academically and consistent rank in the top of the state public schools.

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Its catchment straddles both side of Pacific High Way and the North Shore Railway. The catchment consist mix of single and multi dwellings. The multi dwellings concentrated around East of Pacific High Way and around the Lindfield Railway Station.

 

The school itself is located just a stone’s throw away from the Lindfield railway station which made is very easily accessible by public transport.

As with most of older public schools, there are mix of old and new buildings. The school contain a swimming pool as well which is very handy. However there are very little playgrounds in the school, this is actually likely is one of the more crowded school in north shore area.

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As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

 

 

Kings Langley, Lalor Park, Lynwood Park, Seven Hills and Seven Hills West Public School Catchment Map Added

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After the nice little break, I am getting back to adding catchment maps again. This set of maps are for the lovely western Sydney.

  • Kings Langley Public School
  • Lalor Park Public School
  • Lynwood Park Public School
  • Seven Hills Public School
  • Seven Hills West Public School

This set of maps are very shaky, so I highly recommend as usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Where are the top public schools in Sydney located

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I just finished mapping the top 50 and 100 Sydney, NSW public school which you can find them in the previous two entries at

Year 2014 Top 50 NSW Public School Catchment Map

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Year 2015 Top 100 Sydney, NSW Public School Catchment Map

It is actually very interesting how concentrated the top public schools for NSW are located. 91 out of the 100 top public school are located in Sydney two of which are special schools, 2 in New Castle, 1 in Wollongong, 1 in Central Coast and 5 in country NSW. To give some prospective in pure population wise, 62 percent of NSW population lives in Sydney, however 89 percent of top 100 state’s public schools are in Sydney. The concentration is even higher when you looking at the top 50, 46 out of the top 50 state’s public school is in Sydney for the year 2014. There is another top 50 that is located in Sydney which not included in the count that is the Sydney Distance Education Primary School.

If you lived in Sydney for any period of time, you will likely know that there are a lot of good schools in the northern Sydney. I was still a little surprised once the top schools are mapped out and how concentrated they are in the northern Sydney. As you can see from my top 50 Sydney NSW public school catchment map that only 6 out of the 46 Sydney’s top public school is located outside of Northern Sydney.

First I want to mention that the breakdown of region is approximate as there is really no exact definition which suburb belong to which Sydney regions.

Number of Public Schools in each respective Sydney area that are in top 50 in NSW. Another interesting point to note when looking the stats is that Western,  South Western Sydney and Shire district are not represented in the list at all.

  • North Shore: 23
  • Northern Suburbs: 13
  • Hills District: 3
  • Eastern Suburbs: 3
  • Inner West: 2
  • Northern Beaches: 1
  • Southern Suburbs: 1

This is the number of Public Schools in each respective Sydney area that are in top 100 in NSW. South western Sydney is again not represented at all, Western Sydney and Shire district only have marginal presence in the list.

  • North Shore: 34
  • Northern Suburbs: 19
  • Inner West: 10
  • Eastern Suburbs: 8
  • Hills District: 7
  • Northern Beaches: 5
  • Southern Suburbs: 2
  • Western Sydney: 2
  • Shire District: 2

What is also interesting to note is that just about every suburb is North Shore and Northern Suburbs are represented in the top 100 list. This is also why in my opinion picking a school is not as important when you are buying properties in the North Shore and Northern Suburbs, because just about every local public school is very good.

I may do a follow up entry in the future to do some further analysis on why the concentration of good public schools in North Sydney. If I get time I will try also collect some other stats to facilitate this.

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Year 2014 Top 100 Sydney, NSW Public School Catchment Map

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This is a follow up of the last map showing the top 100 NSW public school in Sydney. I hope your guys enjoyed it as much as I had. I will do a brief analysis entry on the two maps which just got created. Looking at the maps visually certainly reinforced a lot what we know already.

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For reference there are 11 out of 100 not mapped, two of them are special type school with catchment defined. So this entry added additional 42 schools to the 47 of last entry. There is only one top 100 school in Sydney that there is no catchment map already created for it.

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

  1. Ranking is obtained using information from bettereducation.